Agenda and minutes

Service Delivery Overview & Scrutiny Panel
Wednesday, 18th July, 2018 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Moorlands House, Leek

Contact: Sally Hampton - Member & Community Support Officer  Tel: 01538 395429 Email:

No. Item


Notification of Substitute Members, if any.


There were no substitute members.


To approve the Minutes of the Previous Meeting. pdf icon PDF 109 KB


DECIDED – That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Panel held on 23 May 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


Urgent Items of Business, if any. (24 hours notice to be provided to the Chairman).


There were none.


Declaration of Interests:-


·         Disclosable Pecuniary Interests:

·         Other Interests


No declarations of interests were made.


Questions to Portfolio Holders, if any.

(At least two clear days notice required, in writing, to the Proper Officer in accordance with Procedure Rule 15).




There were none.


Street Cleansing - Robin Cummings, Service Lead. (Presentation) (7.10 pm)


The Panel received a presentation introduced by Robin Cummings – Service Lead, Street Scene, which covered the following -


·         Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse

·         How the Council meets these standards

·         Additional activities

·         Services provided for other teams within the Council and Car Parks

·         Deployment of staff and numbers



Councillor Sheldon highlighted an issue with cigarette ends which she felt was a design fault of the litter bins, the smell as dog waste in litter bins and the need for better sweepers to clean smoking debris from around seating. The officer agreed that the design of the bins could be improved, to reduce odour litter bins were emptied frequently and disinfected either once or twice per year. Deoderising blocks could be looked into and would check with the team that the blowers were being used alongside the channel sweepers.


Thanks was passed on the street cleansing team for the recent loan of equipment for a litter pick in Caverswall. However, it was noted that the team hadn’t been noticed in the area or at the ‘Catchems Corner’ area on route to Blythe Bridge. It was explained that every road had a frequency for litter picking which varied dependant on the location of the road. If members felt that an area was neglected then this should be reported and a decision would be made as to whether the frequency of litter picking should be increased. Discussion took place around possible advertising/ sponsorship of improved bus shelters, dumping of refuse in litter bins and the alignment of the schedules for litter picking and grass verge cutting. It was also mentioned that Getliffe’s Yard Management had offered 2 litter bins for the town centre and this would be followed up.


The Portfolio Holder for Environment commented on the excellent work the team carried out.


DECIDED: That the presentation be noted.




Markets Update - Terry Crawford, Visitor Services Manager. (Presentation) 7.35 pm)


Terry Crawford, Visitor Services Manager, introduced a presentation to the Panel which covered the following subject areas:-


·         Background

·         Markets Team Structure

·         Markets Improvement Plan

·         Market Performance

·         Future Objectives


Members from the Biddulph area felt that it was unacceptable for there not to be a budget for the market in Biddulph and that there should be a fair distribution of funds between the three main towns . The Tourism and Markets Team Leader had met with Biddulph Town Council to discuss options to enhance tourism in Biddulph. The market was a success, run by volunteers and required assistance with a recent legal matter regarding the road closures. The point was also raised that work was currently underway to maintain the bus service in Biddulph and the main users of the bus service were passengers travelling to and from the market.


Councillor Bull raised a health and safety issue with the stall closest to the car park in Cheadle. It was confirmed that this would be looked into with a view to install some transparent barriers.


It was also mentioned that the area closest to the monument on Derby Street on market day in Leek looked unsightly and this would be looked into by the team.


Terry Crawford explained that the team was happy to look at new concepts, offer support and facilitate markets.  


DECIDED: That the presentation be received.


Work Programme (8 p.m) pdf icon PDF 46 KB

Any additional items to be added to the Work Programme:

·         Chair’s Items

·         Members’ Items


The Panel considered its Work Programme and agreed the items listed, subject to, an update on the Countryside and Parks Management Review being added.


DECIDED: 1)That the Panel’s Work Programme for 2018/19 be agreed, subject to the above addition to the programme.


2) For the scope of the Panel to be emailed to all members of the  Panel.